CHARLIE Curnow is locked in as a Blue for an additional six years.
In the strongest show of commitment, the dynamic forward has today put pen to paper on a long-term extension that will see him electrify the Carlton forward 50 until at least the end of 2029.
With 12 months still remaining on Curnow’s existing deal that would have taken him to free agency, the 25-year-old had no hesitation in signing for an additional six seasons.
His precocious talent was known from the second he arrived at IKON Park as the No.12 overall pick in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft: however, he has since grown as a footballer and a person built on resilience, perseverance and incredible hard work.
A tireless worker at his craft, Curnow’s unwavering dedication to maximise his talent for the betterment of the team has been on full display in season 2022, much to the delight of the Carlton faithful.
One of only three Blues to have played every game this year, Curnow booted 14 goals inside the first month of the year and multiple goals in 16 of his 21 games, to hold a season tally of 62 majors and lead the AFL’s goalkicking heading into the final game of the home-and-away season.
It is his capacity though to work closely with his teammates to see them also get the best out of themselves which helped the Blues as a collective unit, including combining with Harry McKay for more than 100 goals for the season to date.
To make such a significant decision regarding his playing future - a year before he needed to - explains the motivation behind Curnow’s mindset.
“This group started from day one together, we want to continue to grow together and ultimately we want to earn success together,” Curnow said.
“We’ve had a lot of players re-sign for the long term and their mindset is exactly the same as mine – let’s do this the right way, off the back of working hard for each other and for everyone we represent at this football club.
“It means so much to me to represent our guernsey. To wear that Navy Blue means we belong to something really special: there is no football club like ours, no fanbase as passionate as ours and it is a privilege to represent Carlton each and every time I’m out there.”
Blues Head of List Management Nick Austin said Curnow’s desire to sign for the Club for an additional six years, on top of his existing one, speaks volumes to the person he is.
“Charlie came to us a year before he needed to, said he wanted to play for this football club and was not interested in any other offers – that tells you everything you need to know about who he is,” Austin said.
“Everyone sees what Charlie can do on the field, but it is what he brings to our football club off it which is what we really value and few get to see.
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“He is an infectious character, whenever he walks into a room the energy lifts and over the last few years he has grown into such a resilient and undeniably hard worker, who more importantly understands how to get the best out of himself and those around him.
“His connection with our members and supporters is certainly special. It is clear to see whenever he touches the ball in a game, the noise in the stadium is unlike anything else, and we are delighted the Carlton faithful can enjoy continuing to build that connection with Charlie for many more years to come.”